Allen Bruce Thames, age 65, of Wheeling. Foster child of August and Jean Stavros. Loving foster brother to Thomas, Sandy, and Robert. Bruce was especially close to his first cousins, Tony, Alfred, and Greg Stavros and Tony Dahm family. As Bruce was growing up he worked on the family farms of the Stavros and Dahm families and most notably the Ethel Farm stand.
Bruce attended Wheeling High School and was a part of ROTC and FFA (Future Farmers of America). Bruce graduated in 1970 and joined the Army. While he was in the service, he was stationed in Germany where he was Military Police and six years as a Civilian Contractor for missile defense. In Germany, Bruce met his wife, Gabriele and had two sons, Benjamin and Christopher Thames. In 1980, he returned from Germany and worked for the Dahm family farm from 1990 to 2000. Bruce started working for the Village of Wheeling Public Works in 1995 where he made many friends. During his 22 years at the Village of Wheeling, he worked part time at Home Depot.
Bruce’s first love was motorcycles. He traveled throughout the country in the summers. He was an avid snowmobiler and he enjoyed playing pool. He also enjoyed playing slots and took many trips to Vegas.
Visitation Friday from 3-7 pm at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189 S Milwaukee Ave. (2 blocks south of Dundee Rd) followed by a Life Celebration at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Kidney Foundation at https://www.kidney.org/support appreciated.
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